On opportunity

This is the 7th essay in the #26essays2017 challenge that I’ve set for myself this year. I’m doing this because I’m the first to admit I’ve become a lazy writer: allowing guest posts and series and cross-posting to make up the bulk of content on The Diane Lee Project across 2016. The brave, fearless writing that readers admired and […]

3 things you can do to fix your organisational culture

How can you fix your organisational culture? It’s the age-old question that just about everyone asks at some point in their working lives: how do you fix a workplace culture that’s dysfunctional and toxic? The short answer is: you can’t. Sorry about that. The long answer is you can, but it takes a significant amount of energy, time and (probably) […]

7 frustrations of highly useless people

Steven Covey wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and we all know he is the pin-up boy for effectiveness. Colleagues, managers and peers love to quote frequently from his book. I’ve read it and it makes a lot of sense. But what I’ve found is that in workplaces in particular (the ones I’ve […]

On cover-ups, hiding and protectionism

I had a conversation with a colleague at work today about the leadership and management in my current workplace. To cut a long story short, she admitted that she “hid” the inadequacies of her manager from others in the workplace. She did this because she was concerned about the perceptions others had of him, and […]

Bad managers: the rule rather than the exception

(Wanted, dead or alive: decent fucking management!) “People leave managers, not companies.” ~ Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman, First Break All The Rules I can count on one hand the number of good managers I have worked for. Not so bad, you say, until I tell you this: I have been working more than 30 […]